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Today, I was suppose to go to my Weight Watcher meeting and had this outfit all planned out.  

Getting enough sleep reigns supreme in my life, so I opted to go back to bed and get some much 

needed rest, as too many nights in a row without had taken it’s toll.  

Here is the outfit I had ready for the day. 

When I put it on and looked in the mirror , I instantly thought 

“Oh , there I am! ”  

It became glaringly obvious to me that I have not been myself 

these last 6 months and even my style choices  were exhibiting that. 

The awesome vest adds just the right wonderful element of texture to the tone on tone look. 

It is by Indigo Thread, a very boho company I adore.  

Here is the link to my vest which is limited to one color now and Here is all the vests they offer now. 

My turtle necklace was handmade by sister and is much loved and cherished. 

My saddle bag style cross-body purse is by Naturalizer and sold out. 

This will probably be last purse purchased for a while as I am pretty satisfied with what I have. 

I did recently throw away my beautiful green leather one and told my kids and husband that they should put in on my

birthday wish list as it was the first purse I bought myself after years of using diaper bags and sadly was beyond repair. 

I love how my hair color bookends the purse shade.  

One last note , if you haven’t tried block heeled shoes yet, 

I highly recommend it as these are so comfortable to walk in. 

Alas they too are Naturalizers and sold out because I always buy off season on clearance.  

Gratitude 

I am grateful that I took care of me today and skipped my WW meeting because nothing replaces the need for sleep. As for my WW journey so far,

it has been a slow first month with just over 3lbs lost, but I have managed to use my Simply Fit board to lose 3 inches from the 7 I gained in my stomach from menopause!  

I am grateful that my husband too got to catch up on sleep and didn’t have to go to work until 2:30pm today!  

I am grateful that my kids are so supportive of each other and truly care deeply. 

I am grateful that our allergy laden Lhasa Apso is currently at the vet with two of my adult kids. 

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I recently watched the series Offsprings  on Netflix 

and fell absolutely in love with the main 

character “Nina Proudman’s”  Style.  

She rocks a Boho Chic look in every show and each time 

I started a new episode I was as attracted to the plot as 

I was to seeing what she wore next.  

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I liked this look which consists of fairly common elements : a fabulous tunic 

over a pair of jeans , tucked into cognac heeled boots.   

With her Aussie weather , there are never any truly winter outfits.  

I however happen to posses elements to create a similar outfit, so I felt inspired to blog it. 

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I opted not to do skinny jeans and tuck in boots for today , as quite frankly I have 

gained weight and the longer bell bottoms with just a cognac boot peeking out is 

more figure flattering to counter the weight gain and my petite height.  

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I actually hate that my sister’s passing resulted in weight gain and thought about hiding out…

I am a strong woman who values self care and finding tools to motivate myself. 

What better tool than to publicly humiliate myself by posting pictures of my weight gain???  

Don’t worry readers, I didn’t mean that seriously, but I do think seeing myself in photos will be great

motivation to stay on the right track with eating and exercise.  

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It was so much fun to find something to get me out of my funk and back to blogging

outfit posts , I already have another Nina Proudman Inspiration or two in mind…

Tomorrow my Steelers are in the play offs against my husband’s Patriots, so 

I will definitely be choosing a look to support the black and gold team of my parents beloved state. 

Offspring season 4:

Here is another ” Nina Proudman” version of a tunic over jeans with boots, 

This green is very appealing, but I am not running out to buy anything right now.  

I do have a a teal one that would make a good substitute. 

It doesn’t matter what color you choose, any embroidered tunic would work.  

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This length from Old Navy would be good for petite

who wants to wear the skinny pants tucked into boots.

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Another option from Macy’s

Lucky Brand Mixed-Print Peasant Top

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A printed version instead of embroidered would work too. 

I traditionally think of these type of shirts for Spring/Summer ,

but love the idea of increasing their use 

and versatility with layering.  

I have to say I don’t think I’d ever have chosen

to wear my mint leather over this tunic without the Inspiration.

Dear Readers, Hoping you are having a great weekend!  

Love your comments and they help to keep my motivation up to blog 

during this crazy mourning of my sister who is gone too soon…

My Mother’s maiden name was Campbell and she was so 

proud of her Scottish Heritage, in fact my youngest 

brother carries the name Scott to honor her pride. 

It was so fitting when she got strong enough after her heart attack to 

take her life long dream trip to Scotland that my brother accompanied her.  

Linking up with Classy Yet Trendy today

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My mother instilled the Campbell plaid love to me when I was young. 

I loved the kilt skirt complete with the gold pin I had as a child in this plaid. 

It meant a lot for me as a child knowing it was a part of my heritage. 

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Can you believe I found this poncho when I was at AC Moore looking at craft stuff with my daughter. 

It was just $14.99, so even though I didn’t need another poncho I couldn’t help myself. 

Once again I am wearing the Halston lariat necklace (sold out) , it’s truly becoming a workhorse .  

The green necklace is by Passage to Israel , found HERE .  

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I need to do a better job of getting my hair away from ears.  

I bought these from TJ maxx last year in both green and purple and have worn both a lot!  

This was the beginning of me improving my earring collection,

something I neglected as I wore gold and silver hoops only for the longest time.  

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My jeans are by Diane Gilman and are patched with silver sequins ,

are alas sold out,  

It took me a long time to warm up to this type of “damaged” jeans , 

but this season the patched version came onto the scene making it more 

comfortable for my style. 

In this photo you can see the black and white plaid,

which I can reverse this to and it will have a tiny bit of this blackwatch plaid

just around the neckline.  I will be giving it a try at some point. 

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I love these blue boots I bought two years ago when in Ireland, 

they are perfect for adding to skinny jeans like this.  

Dear Readers, this darn weather gave me a sever migraine on Monday,

leaving me with residual light sensitivity and nausea all day.

  Apparently this was not just happening to me as a few Facebook friends had the same.   

Gratitude 

I am grateful that despite the residual side effects that I was pain free and the migraine was gone. 

I am grateful that getting a new charger fixed my son’s laptop issue. 

I am grateful that my daughter and son did a grocery store run for me today, as I wasn’t up for it. 

I am grateful that I had the determination to fix spaghetti squash with bacon, Parmesan and mushrooms for dinner. 

I am grateful for Fall weather arriving and the chance to start wearing some new items . 

Today, I thought I would put together a look

featuring new green pieces I added for the Season.  

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Unfortunately, this is the only picture I liked from the set.  

This blogging when I am very unhappy with my weight is going to be tough!  

It is what it is and I am soldiering on as I use the

17 Day Diet, Pilates, Yoga and and walking to 

melt that weight away . 

Wedges and Kimono are from Jane.com and my purse is thrifted. 

My cropped pants are Petites from Liz Claiborne NY via QVC 

Gratitude

I am grateful for a reprieve from the rain. 

I am grateful for an afternoon of bowling with my two youngest. . 

I am grateful that my oldest took me up on my invitation to come for dinner and was there when we came home from our bowling and grocery shopping. 

I am grateful that my three boys spent the evening playing card games, which my oldest brought with him. ( this is something my oldest has done a few times and is a fabulous way for sibling brothers ages, 16,20 and 29 to connect) 

I am grateful for my Facebook friend who is such an inspiration in her 60’s doing Beach Body workouts for posting a shout out that she’d done her workout with no excuses and challenging others to do the same.

 I am grateful that on the beginning of day 4 , (today, Weds) I stepped on the scale and saw a 3 pound weight loss! 

 

My day began with a trip to the hair salon for a cut and 

I was so happy as the last week or so every picture I took my hair was driving me nuts… 

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Here is my hair just  a few days ago, on yet another windy day….

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See why I said yet another windy day, lol… 

The first thing I noticed after looking in the mirror after the haircut was the 

wisdom of my dear mother who at age 13 had decided that I should get my hair cut short, 

as she said it would highlight my cheekbones.  

Of course at 13 it devastated me, but looking back at the photos of that time I always noticed she was right!

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Marbled shirts like the green one I am wearing here seem to be big for this season. 

I found mine on Jane. com and it’s actually a long asymetrical hemmed tunic, which 

I tied off the to side as that longer lenght on my petite height works only when I wear heels.  

I was itching to wear my BEE Happy flats again…. 

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Not sure about the bright yellow purse here , but black seemed to drab and my green one 

is messed up so I opted for a pop of color instead.  

My Bee Happy shoes by C. Wonder are currently sold out , but I heard they will be getting them back in at some point.

Apparently , the plan is to make a new loafer design each month and for April they’ve rolled out a blue pair with leather elephants on them,   You can find it here...

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This was an outfit I wore over the weekend to break out my new Ann Taylor anchor print pants, 

which seem to be sold out now… 

Dear Readers, I am happy to report that I’ve lost 4lbs on my first week of sticking to a plan.  In fact the black pants I wore today fit me much better than they had last time I wore them and that gave me a spring in my step all day!  Pressing forward to see how much I can lose before my daughter’s graduation at the end of May…

Gratitude

I am grateful for wonderful phone conversations with my dear friend as we haven’t done that in awhile.. 

I am grateful that my husband realized the green bananas he picked up last night weren’t going to ripe enough for my Tuesday morning breakfast and tonight  grabbed me a small bunch of organic ones that were much better than all the other ones in the store. 

I am grateful to a dear friend who picked me up after my haircut today. 

I am grateful for the laughter and fun of using my son’s Iphone to video chat with my daughter on her commute home and see the 6 inches of snow she had to get through…

I am grateful for a Beautfiul , Sunny Day!  

I am grateful for 4 days free of sinus issues, February and March were pretty tough! 

Can You Believe It’s February?  

Is it just me or did January fly by?  

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Sunday’s color for the style challenge was Purple…

It was a warm 68 degree day!  

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I added the thrifted leopard vest for a little pattern and 

to bookend the grey boots..

I am not sure I love the grey boots , but couldn’t come up with another option.  

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The color for my fashion challenge was Blue for Saturday…

I’ve had this thrifted vest for awhile and hadn’t worn it yet.

DH wasn’t fond of the vest, but I am not giving up on it as I rather like it…

If I do tire of it, I have a dear friend I pass the thrifted vests onto and she has quite a collection now. 

I told her recently that before long her almost ten year old daughter would be able to share them, lol! 

I had a fun dinner with my friend and her daughter in their new home on Saturday night. 

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Once I added the bright vest, I couldn’t help myself, 

I thought the equally bright fuschia bag had to come out to play.  

I haven’t worn a lot of dresses recently and need to correct that as,

this look was very much me and I walked and felt amazingly myself! 

Self Care

I made the decision to go back to Weight Watchers and will attend my first meeting Friday. 

Knowing that is coming up, is motivating me to stay on track this week and I am making great choices!

Who knows perhaps, I’ll succeed in losing two lbs this week!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for a great weekend spending time with my dear friend and Sunday with my guys.

I am grateful for sunshine and warm days, good for my spirit!

I am grateful for a fun potential future event (will have to wait to say what, lol)

I am grateful to my very hard working husband!   

I am grateful for phone calls from my two kids away at college over the weekend! 

I’ve been struggling to get this darn 15lb weight gain off…

I told DH Thursday night that I thought I might want to go back to Weight Watchers. 

He immediately said , that I should.  

Lo and Behold this morning, my friend I met at WW signed back up today!  

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I look at this photo and all I see is the “middle age spread” 

With my daughter’s graduation with her Master’s Degree coming up in May, 

I don’t want to look at photos and see this.. 

This graduation will be very emotional for me, as I told my daughter her entire life about how my mother went to college with me and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree.  

This graduation is my mother’s legacy!  

I type this with tears , wishing I could see the look in her eye and give her credit for this!  

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DH told me he loves this sweater today!  

I think that’s because after spending 3 weeks in Ireland we will forever associate this color 

to that wonderful time. 

I however have always associated it with my father , as it was his favorite color and much like 

when I wear purple, I feel his love and hugs!  

When you lose those you love and especially like my father when I was just 13, 

you hold on with tiny little threads and look for litle ways to tie yourself to their memory. 

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Last time I wore this swearer with a solid black top. 

I think with a statement sweater like this a colum of color or non busy print works best. 

I think for the next time I wear this I want to do a column of creme with a turtle neck and jeans.  

Alas , I can’t point you in the direction of this lovely sweater as it is solf out…

Self Care

I mentioned one way I practiced self care today, which was making the decision to go back to WW.

I’d say the other way was with my lunch, something a little different for me…

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Cucumbers with Lt Italian dressing , pumpkin seeds-

(these have 10 g protein and only 35mg sodium) and a cheese stick. 

It’s a wonderful combination that isn’t quickly eatean , but required slow going and I liked that. 

Gratitude

I am grateful for the upcomig graduation and knowing I will feel my mother’s prescence. 

I am grateful for a great phone call from my daughter after she had gone quiet for a few days studying for her Comprehensive Exam which determines whether she graduates. She was relaxed and confident that it went well. 

I am grateful that my daughter also has scored an interview with Boston College Phd program as it will be a great expereince and she really wants to stay and explore Boston more.   

I am grateful that my dear friend asked my opinion on some fashion purchases and that I was of help.  

I am grateful that a very dear friend and I are going to have dinner tomorrow night and hang out so I can see her house and catch up as she has been very busy lately and I’ve missed her terribly… 


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